First-person shooters, or FPS, are one of the biggest game genres on the market today. While many of the most well-known titles are a full $60 at retail, there are many unique options available for free on PC. These are some of the best FPS games you can find for free on PC.
1. Team Fortress 2
This is one of the most popular and free-to-play titles in any genre, and for good reason. Team Fortress 2 offers challenging, complex gameplay and strategies contrasted with a light, fun aesthetic and a variety of classes to learn and master.
2. Quake Champions
While Quake Champions was initially intended to be a paid title, it was eventually transitioned into free-to-play. It has relatively high system requirements, so some older machines may have difficulty running it on higher settings, but those who can play it will appreciate the variety of game modes and character selection.
3. Unreal Tournament
A modern version of a gaming classic, the new Unreal Tournament (made by the creators of Fortnite) keeps many of the same conventions and ideas while updating many aspects of the gameplay and design. It’s a great free option for anyone looking for fast-paced, classic multiplayer games like deathmatch and duel.
4. Blacklight: Retribution
Set in the near future, Blacklight: Retribution gives you unique gameplay options as well as both competitive and cooperative modes. It includes a wide range of imaginative weapons and tools to keep you on your toes during its relatively slow-paced and thoughtful multiplayer action.
5. Planetside 2
This is a great choice for fans of MMOs and RPGs, as it blends elements of all three genres. You’ll have the opportunity to play with and against thousands of players in the same server, with your actions having an impact on the global in-game factions.
6. Black Squad
Black Squad is the perfect free option for fans of classic fast-paced multiplayer shooting. With simple yet difficult to master gameplay and a variety of weapons, you’ll find yourself spending hours honing your skills and reaction time.
7. Paladins: Champion of the Realm
Paladins is a popular team-based shooter with a heavy emphasis on cooperation and objectives. Teams include players using a variety of champions to complement the skill sets of their teammates, making it a great game to play with friends.
In contrast to the vast list of FPS games set in the current time or near future, Blackshot is an MMOFPS taking place in a post-apocalyptic world. It contains 40 maps and a range of unique multiplayer modes to keep you coming back for more.
From the developers of Crysis and Far Cry, Warface is a PC and console game with both PvP and cooperative PvE modes. Its variety of customization options broken down into four classes (Engineer, Sniper, Rifleman, and Medic) adds a personalized team element to the traditional FPS experience.
10. Dirty Bomb
A cooperative objective-based FPS, Dirty Bomb is another post-apocalyptic multiplayer game which takes place in London. Each class offers its own set of weapons and skills to give you an edge over your opponents and work with your teammates.
While most people are more familiar with the big-budget, $60 FPS games coming out every year, there are great games available that don’t cost anything at all. These are just a few of the many free FPS games for PC that are as good as (or even better) more expensive options.